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Christmas Eve: Holy Dwelling

December 24, 2011

Blessed Christmas Eve!

Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus,
and do not delay,
that those who trust in Your compassion
may find solace and relief in Your coming.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings (Mass in the morning):
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16 (God will establish a house for David forever)
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
+ Luke 1:67-79 (Zachariah’s song at John’s birth)

King David had a dream…
but God’s dream was far greater!

David, finally at rest in the splendor of his royal palace,
had finally, jubilantly, processed the age-old tabernacle
–the focal point of God’s Presence among His people–
to his capital city.
He dreamed of a glorious temple,
fit for the supreme majesty of the Almighty.

He had the right idea.

The Lord said to him,
‘In wishing to build a temple to My honor, you do well”
-I Kings 8:18

And God did permit him to accumulate great treasures
and to design detailed blueprints
–down to the amount of gold to be used in each golden bowl!–
toward the building of this house
(see I Chronicles 22:1-5, 14-15, 28:11-19).
God inspired David to build the temple,
down to the last detail,
in his mind.

And when, some 600 years later,
the returning exiles neglected the house of God
in favor of their own fancy homes,
there was a price to pay:

You expected much, but it came to little;
and what you brought home, I blew away.
For what cause? says the Lord of hosts.
Because My house lies in ruins,
while each of you hurries to his own house.
-Haggai 1:6

God does value a physical house here on earth
where His people may come to worship Him!

All the same,

the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands
-Acts 7:48

In building a house (dynasty) for David,
God was, in fact, preparing the only house that would be truly fit for Himself:

He has raised up for us a mighty Savior
born of the house of His servant, David
-Luke 1:69

He was building the “house,” the womb, of the Immaculate…
His dream house.

This was the house, the temple,
whose presence had just graced the house of Zachariah for three months!
(see Luke 1:56)
Like King Solomon at the dedication of the first temple (see I Kings 8:22ff),
Zachariah, his tongue finally loosed, burst forth in praise!

And that was just the beginning.
God’s dream expands with every new soul He creates!

Whoever loves Me will keep My word,
and My Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him
-John 14:23 (emphasis added)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person;
for the temple of God,
which you are,
is holy.
-I Corinthians 3:16-17 (emphasis added)

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God,
and that you are not your own?
-I Corinthians 6:19 (emphasis added)

When we say,

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof
-Invitation to Communion, Roman Missal, Third Edition

that’s not just poetry!

Behold I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will enter his house and dine with him,
and he with Me.
-Revelation 3:20

No, we are not worthy!
But Jesus is knocking.
He wants to enter into us, worthy or not!
He wants to live in His holy templeyou.

That’s the stunning truth of Christmas.
Whether your soul is a cold, smelly stable
or a spiritually pristine palace
you’re God’s dream house.
He’s at your door.
He’s knocking to come in.
At His Word, with your permission, your soul shall be healed.

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